LOWY CANCER RESEARCH CENTRE - .basement levels of specialist plant and equipment, the Lowy Cancer
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116 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LOWY CANCER RESEARCH CENTRE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW 117NSW PROJECT FEATURE LOWY CANCER RESEARCH CENTREWWW.ANCR.COM.AU
vital purpose like that served by the Lowy Cancer Research Centre for the University of New South Wales needs a building which
inspires and reflects visionary ideals. Enter Bovis Lend Lease, who constructed the cutting-edge design by Laznimmo Architects and Wilson Architects, incorporating both Green Star principles and the specialist needs of a medical research facility. Both the Faculty of Medicine and the Childrens Cancer Institute Australia will be using the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, the first time in Australia that both adult and childhood cancer research will be conducted in the same place.
As well as laboratories over four floors, administrative and dry research space, breakout and meeting spaces, staff common room and two basement levels of specialist plant and equipment, the Lowy Cancer Research Centre features a central atrium flooding the interior with natural light, and externally, embraces the Michael Birt Gardens, an important teaching resource and green space on the University campus.
The building was designed to meet the existing Wallace Wurth building and wraps around an existing tree, explained Bovis Lend Lease Head of Design and Project Management, Jo Campbell. In the post construction landscaping installation, we are going to where possible replace all the original plants from the Michael Birt Gardens, which are in and around the courtyard and will also form an underplanting of the building itself.
The first stage of works was clearing and excavation. An ancient volcano had shattered rock around the area, and the site was a quarry which had been backfilled with refuse. We identified five environmental hotspots that required decontamination. When we excavated, there were groundwater issues due to the high water table in the area, so we ended up jet grouting the base at 3metre to 1metre centres.
The perimeter was fully piled and temporary whalers for the two basement levels were installed, once built, the structure provides support for the excavation. The structure is a post-tensioned concrete structure, leading edge protection was used, in the form of nets and handrails to prevent falls.
Other safety initiatives included trialling a portable access stair system by Combisafe, and also a new Plastic Reinforced shade cloth from Unispan, which is fixed to the inside of the scaffold, in lieu of the traditional chain wire mesh fixed externally.
It is a very interesting faade, a combination of precast, curtain wall and apolic faade with fixed sun shading. The precast was complicated to install, the pop-out on the Northern elevation used a purpose built gantry to lift underslung pre-cast panels into place. There are special touches throughout the building, such as the quartz carpet in the lobby on most floors. This is a homogenous pour of quartz chips in epoxy which is non-slip, easy-clean and extremely durable.
A Green Star rating for Design under the education tool has been sought, and all the interior solutions were driven by Green Star goals, such as low-VOC finishes, epoxies, and adhesives throughout.
There is a plant room on every floor for each lab and office area, this was chosen so the plant and equipment works most efficiently.
There has been a grouping of all noisy heat-generating pieces of equipment together to manage heat, and there is a co-generation plant going onto the roof, which will be hooked into the Universitys high voltage ring main, so the power will go back into the Universitys grid.
The facility will collect stormwater to go into the Universitys stormwater system, which re-charges the acquifer below. We have built on the knowledge base of our work on the Royal North Shore Hospital Kolling Building. We had a lot of research knowledge already, and this project has now added a new dimension, said Jo.
Building further on this accrued experience, Bovis Lend Lease are currently working on the Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment, the North Shore Private Hospital extension, the Gold Coast University Hospital and the Royal Childrens Hospital in Victoria.
Work commenced on the Lowy in December 2007, and was completed within 23 months, despite the time-intensive jet grouting required at the start.
The Bovis Lend Lease Project Team of 17 included site engineers and other highly-skilled professionals. Approximately 1,860 workers were inducted on site, including the 85 separate subcontractors, consultants and suppliers, with an average of 270 workers onsite at any given point.
The result of all the applied effort and expertise is a spectacular workplace for those seeking answers to one of our darkest medical mysteries.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT / D & C : Bovis Lend LeaseCLIENT : UNSWAREA : Sydney, NSWPROJECT END VALUE $ 100 MillionARCHITECTS (CONCEPT + DOCUMENTING) : Lahznimmo ArchitectsARCHITECTS (LABORATORY + LANDSCAPE) : Wilson ArchitectsSTRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Taylor Thompson Whitting Pty LtdCIVIL SUBCONTRACTOR : Theos Bros
118 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LOWY CANCER RESEARCH CENTRE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW 119NSW PROJECT FEATURE LOWY CANCER RESEARCH CENTREWWW.ANCR.COM.AU
utting edge medical research needs leading-edge lab furniture. KPD provides specialist laboratory and healthcare interiors, and has
been in the business of designing, constructing and installing laboratory furniture systems for forty years. For Lowy Cancer Research Facility, they fitted out over 5,000 metres of floorspace with benching systems including reagent shelves, service spines, and other requisites.
Labs are evolutionary in terms of where research is taking them, particularly in cancer research. For instance, its difficult to predict the changes in instrumentation as time goes on. Our systems are preconfigured to suit the changing needs of lab users; the components can easily be adapted by the user, which has allowed our systems to remain relevant for decades said Design Manager, Leo Gomez. Labs have high specifications in Australia. Architects expect a level of finish above that required for commercial offices - it has to be chemical resistant and robust.
We have 13 standard systems, but because we fabricate to order, we can alter to suit specific needs. In this project, that included modifying aspects such as the reagent shelf width and the capacity of the service spine for extra laboratory gases. Our systems facilitate rapid installation, the service spines can be fitted independently of the other components, service trades can come in earlier. This has saved about 30 per cent of installation time compared with a conventional integrated servicing approach. As user requirements have changed for different labs, we have designed new systems which suit the user requirements and the installation constraints. We also do post-occupancy assessments, and
nox Advanced Engineering (KAE) had to meet the requirements of some of Australias most stringent legislation in their work on
the Lowy Cancer Research Facility at the UNSW. They were contracted to design the mechanical systems, air-conditioning, specialist exhaust systems, ESD analysis, energy analysis, fume cupboards and cool rooms in addition to PC2 laboratory systems and PC2 animal housing.
KAEs designs for the project included PC2 class laboratory air conditioning and ventilation systems, co generation with absorption chiller study, ESD and natural ventilation, BMCS for all services and varied ventilation for specialist areas.
All of this work was carried out within a design framework which aimed for a 4.5 Education Green Star rating, included floor by floor independent plant systems, and required reliable pressure and temperature controlled internal environments for highly sensitive research.
KAE specialises in the provision of Health Care designs, and has drawn on its experience from other health care projects and deep understanding of relevant Australian standards and OGTR (Office of the Gene Technology Regulator) requirements to provide the design for this project. The design is flexible and robust and concentrates on allowing staff to perform their research in ideal conditions, explained Designer and KAE Director Jorgen Knox. KAE has utilised computerised calculations on all aspects of our design including building modelling for natural ventilation, energy usage and air quality calculations. Project
work with architects on different issues, resulting in tailored systems separate to the Space Lab range altogether.
In terms of the high ESD values embodied at Lowy, KPD systems proved a perfect fit. All our fabrication is done with Green energy, and the system itself is recyclable in terms of its flexibility. Sustainability is the new Flexibility said Leo. We also use E-0 emission boards.
Their excellence has been recognised: Space Lab by KPD won the Australian Design Award. They have installed systems in award winning projects including the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (RAIA Queensland Regional Awards 2007 Commendation), Waterview Laboratories Albury and APAF at Macquarie University (both won Whats New Magazines Laboratory of the Year).
KPD services medical and scientific establishments, not just nationwide but also in Asia and the Middle East, and has operations in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Dubai. Other major projects include Nestle R&D Laboratories, Beijing; Al Shaqab Academy Education City in Doha, Qatar; Royal North Shore Hospital, Kolling Institute; Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, Brisbane; School of Chemistry, Curtin University